Category: Pattern Reviews

A striped linen shirt

I've had this project on my wishlist for a while now.  You may have noticed a drawing on this shirt in my "Now Sewing" section of the side bar for some time (since December at least).  Sometimes you can't rush a project, but with the cooler weather approaching, I finally got around to making it. ...

SWAP 2019 finished

My SWAP (sewing with a plan) is complete.   This year’s rules required us to choose a colour scheme from an inspiration photo; two neutrals with 2-5 accents and/or prints.  Each item needed to make at least 2 outfits.  While I didn’t need a fully cohesive capsule wardrobe, I did want to plug a few gaps ...

‘Project C’ – Pleated olive and black bra set

Whooo-hoooo! I finally got this project done and dusted. Back in December, I made plans for some lingerie sewing. "Project C" was the one I really, really, REALLY wanted to work out well. So naturally, I procrastinated on starting it :-). The Design The design for the bra is based on a bra that I ...

Burgundy Lace Top

Sometimes the KISS approach is the best way to go. When I first bought this fabric a couple of years ago, I had a peplum style top in mind.  I'm not sure why, maybe an inspiration photo prompted the idea.  But whatever it was, the idea stuck.  So when I put the fabric on the ...

How many ways can you draft a sleeve?

How many ways can can you a sleeve?  Over the last month, I’ve been diving into different drafting methods and was surprised at how many different ways it can be done. I wanted to make a close-fitting denim shirt, like in the tech drawing above.  Shoulder yoke, front princess seams, shirt-tail hem, and long sleeves ...

Yellow Shirt – Drafted from scratch

A short sleeved fitted shirt with collar and stand.  Not overly remarkable in itself, but did I mention that I hand-drafted it, from my measurements? Yay, I finally got the bodice block drafted and fitted. Like the pants block, this one also turned out to be a bit of an epic. Drafting from scratch isn't ...

Forty something…

The heat wave continues, although I don't think you can really call it a wave. It's just HOT. And I think this heat will be around for most of February as well. At times like this I wish we had air-conditioning. On the bright side: 39C feels cool compared to 45C you can wash blankets ...

Last post of 2018

Despite the heat, the last couple of days has been quite productive with two bra/pantie sets and a strapless bra.  My favourite would have to be the set made from a knit top that I rarely wear.  It's remake is quite stunning. In my previous post, I included the drawings and fabrics for what I ...

Simple sewing : Two knit Tees

Time for some easy sewing projects. This time it is two t-shirts. The first is from my self-drafted relaxed fit t-shirt pattern. The second is a variation on a boat-neck t-shirt from Knipmode. Before I go any further, I'd like to say a big thank-you to those of you who voted or commented on the ...

Sew the look : Lekala 4420 Blouse

Remember those rust pants from a previous post that I was trying to find tops for?  Well here is the second instalment : a casual summer blouse using Lekala 4420   Fabric : A rayon print in a Jacobean style print.  The red is a little brighter than the colour of the pants but blends ...